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Beauty Blooper: Once a Picker, Always a Picker

Ever get a pimple — the really, really big kind that hurt? You know better than to poke or probe it, but it's too hard to sit there and do nothing. This happened to a friend of mine the other day and instead of leaving well enough alone, she squeezed and squeezed it. Since nothing came out to relieve her of the pain and pressure, she decided to sterilize a needle and puncture it at the root.

However, what came out wasn't sebum, it was blood. What was once a manageable red bump was now a bleeding puffy and bright red mess. She knew that an infection was bound to occur, so she ran over to the dermatologist for a cortisone injection to manage the swelling and kill off the bacteria. Two days later it scabbed and thankfully a week later it's almost 100% healed.

Lesson Learned C'mon gals—You know better than to mess with cystic blemishes. Next time, soak the heck out of it and then apply a mask overnight to dry it up and bring it to a head. Wash your face, apply a spot treatment and then cover it up with some makeup. Leave the needles to the M.D.'s please!


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NurseBossyBum NurseBossyBum 9 years
I wonder if it is an addiction?
chic-gal chic-gal 9 years
try having someone watch u wash ur face at night so u wont pick... helps. i think since im a perfectionist i see something little & think i will be able to make it look better somehow but its NEVER the case. i recently turned a tiny pimple into a much larger mark & now im not as excited about dressin up for halloween! i learned my lesson for the last time this time. i did it right before spring break too =[ it only does more harm than good...thats just what we have to remember!
swtsunkisses88 swtsunkisses88 9 years
Ill admit, Ive used the pins... but i never really thought about an injection afterwards...
tati33 tati33 9 years
guilty as charged..sometimes those on the spot treatments do not work.. :CRY: and it looks worse the next day..maybe i'm using the wrong treatments..but a while back it was so bad, i bought one of those metal pimple pickers that they sell at sephora :innocent: bad i know :(
lambs lambs 9 years
never a needle... but i am a picker, especially when i am stressed or upset. i am REALLY trying to stop it though, my skin isn't that bad on it's own and i know that i am making it worse. bare minerals keeps my dirty little secret, it's totally a crutch ;/ i officially banned myself from looking in the magnifying mirror last week.
Alannah Alannah 9 years
I have to second the question--how do you soak it?
reese05 reese05 9 years
I am so guilty of this! Although I am trying my best to really change - I am crossing my fingers. Wish me luck!
Merlin713 Merlin713 9 years
I do it too. But I have gotten a lot better. I have scars though =[ But those came from the ones that I barrrrrrrrrely touched.
demeter demeter 9 years
Yeah me too.
grrlyrebel grrlyrebel 9 years
Oops! Yeah, I think pimple picking is a good stress-reliever....until the next day whenever I look in the mirror and realize I made the problem worse. That's why I keep packing bubbles around to pop instead!
lilime lilime 9 years
Guilty as charged. I find I pick when I am under stress, after a bad day at work I usually end up bleeding.
jimmalou1978 jimmalou1978 9 years
So guilty...even of the needle. And yes, it always bleeds, and gets puffy and worse. But I think I could live with that more than the yellow gross! Guilty as charged...
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 9 years
leoladie23 - try neutrogena deep clean cleanser/mask. You can use it as a daily cleanser and also apply it as a three minute mask. I live by it!! As far the needle, I can't say I have ever poked but I have sure squeezed, tweezed and greased the heck out it.
LadyN LadyN 9 years
Guilty as charged, but I've never used a needle to pop it. Ouch. I try not to pick and them and I usually apply tea tree oil on it or use Kiehl's Blue Herbal Spot Treatment on it. Both work great.
Megatron Megatron 9 years
Guilty! My mom does it, too. I think it's hereditary. I would NEVER use a needle, though.
monkeygorawr monkeygorawr 9 years
Oh my gosh. I may pick, but I would never go in there with a needle!
jmmst49 jmmst49 9 years
I pick my face until it bleeds on probably a daily basis. I imagine pimples, I swear. I hate it though and keep telling myself to stop but I seriously cant.
leoladie23 leoladie23 9 years
are there any overnight masks like you talked about at cvs that i can get? please help!!
kelsey6 kelsey6 9 years
Ugh, believe me picking is NOT worth it! I used to do it a lot and since I have fair (aka sickly-pale) skin, I got gross purple-red marks and bumpy skin all over my face. It has only recently cleared up, after almost a year of prescription treatments and microdermabrasion. The moral is, of course, don't pick at your zits!
maryanny maryanny 9 years
how do you soak it??
goofynewf goofynewf 9 years
I always pick/pop my zits. And, invariably that makes it worse and I walk around with this huge red spot on my face for a few days. I did find that Neosporin does help if it is infected.
crazdgrl crazdgrl 9 years
thats me
emalove emalove 9 years
It's so hard not to pick at a zit...sometimes I'm able to leave it alone, but most of the time, I can't. I will say that I've NEVER tried to puncture one with a needle...that just sounds painful.
cliu810 cliu810 9 years
It's hard to not mess with it, I want it gone!! but I've never even thought of using a needle for it though. OUCH!
cleegiants cleegiants 9 years
knock on wood, i don't get huge pimples, so i've never had a problem with popping them. it's a good thing too, cuz i think i would!
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